Middle-earth is still profitable.
As was inevitable, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cleared up the box office, with $84 million in the US and over $130 million internationally. Whilst these are fantastic figures and a new record for December, they are perhaps a little less than expected. Considering inflation and the increase due to 3D tickets, it’s potentially lower-grossing than the other titles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
It was still a good week for the movies, and there have been several titles continuing to make hue box office sums. Although reviews have been mixed, I personally have been hearing really strong word of mouth for the film, and really enjoyed it myself. Plus with the international accomplishment of The Hobbit in book form, I reckon there is enough mass market appeal to make it a big success. I’m sure I will be writing about it for weeks to come.
Rise of the Guardians and Lincoln came second and third respectively. I haven’t really mentioned the latter enough, which has now grossed around $107 million in the US alone. Considering the budget was only $65 million in the first place it’s a great result. And with Oscar season and the worldwide market to come, this could be the most successful cerebral movie of the year.
And finally, unless something remarkable happens this will probably be the last time I mention Skyfall, which has grossed $950 million worldwide, and become the highest grossing film in UK history. Whilst there have been bigger hits this year, what is so remarkable about this year’s Bond is that it is purely in 2D sales.
UK Box Office Top 10
|1||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||£11.6M||£11.6M||1|
|2||Rise of the Guardians||£1.25M||£5.71M||3|
|5||Tinker Bell – The Secret Of The Wings||£529K||£529K||1|
|6||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||£510K||£34.4M||5|
|8||Silver Linings Playbook||£232K||£4.1M||4|
|10||Great Expectations (2012)||£100K||£1.73M||3|